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UPDATE: Four Dead, Nearly 300 Still Missing in Ferry Accident
11 hours 2 min ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A ferry carrying 459 passengers has sunk off South Korea's southern coast, leaving at least four people dead and nearly 300 missing. 

The 6,800 ton ship, the Sewol, sank near Byeongpung Island, located west of Muan International Airport. The ship sent a distress signal at 8:58 this morning. 

The disaster management headquarters of the Ministry of Security and Public Administration said in addition to the four deaths, 164 people have been...

Rescue Underway for Sinking South Korean Ship Carrying 320 High School Students
20 hours 23 sec ago

JINDO, South Korea -- A ship carrying 350 passengers, including 320 students is currently sinking in waters off Jindo, South Jeolla Province according to local and international reports.

According to Yonhap News, the ship was heading to Jeju Island when it apparently collided with rocks during heavy fog. The students from Danwon High School in Ansan, was heading to the island for an educational excursion.

As of 10:30 a.m. over 120 have been rescued according to ...

"Baby Box" Project Fails Due to Opposition
1 day 12 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- An attempt to install a "Baby Box" in Busan failed after a Sasang-gu social organization abandoned the project due to controversy surrounding the project. 

The representative of the foundation said it had protected a newborn baby who was born to a teenage unmarried mother in Daegu on April 5th. However, the mother only reported it in one day. The foundation was investigated over the incident. 

The organization had been lobbying for three...

Suspended Olympic Badminton Champion Reinstated
1 day 12 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said today, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. 

Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), announced at a press conference that one-year suspensions imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been lifted....

Lotus Lantern Festival's Set for April, May
2 days 17 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The large-scale lotus lantern festival will be held in Busan before the day of Buddha's birthday on May 6th. 

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival is held with the subject of "Happiness will come if we share" around Yongdo Mountain Park, Gudeok Stadium and Gwangbok-ro from 18th to 27th of this month. 

During the festival, the lotus lantern parade is prepared with the high light over 10 meters, the creative lights exhibition and lamp...

Coming of Age Ceremony Set for May 2
2 days 19 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Suyeong-gu will host the 9th Annual traditional coming-of-age ceremony in Suyeong Historical Park, May 10th, at 2 p.m. 

The ceremony has spanned three centuries from the Three Countries of Korea Era. 20 men and women will participate in the ceremony that day. 

The ceremony will be hosted by Yea Jong-won. The ceremony will put on a yoo-geun and dopo to the man and put on an ornamental hairpin and hairdress on a woman...

Korea Laying out Large Welcome Mat for Incoming Medical Tourists
2 days 19 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- One of the biggest trends in South Korea is the skyrocketing growth and subsequent investment in medical tourism. As more people from around the world pass through Korea’s...

Government Looks to Get Tough on Child Abusers
3 days 20 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The justice minister vowed Friday to get tough on child abuse and come up with preventative measures. His remarks come amid escalating public anger over a woman who beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter to death. 

Hwang Kyo-ahn said that the government will sternly punish child abusers, work out various countermeasures and do all it can to better protect children. His remarks were made during a policy consultation meeting at the National Assembly between the...

Cruise Ship Tourists Rise Dramatically in Q1
4 days 13 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A new report released by Busan Customs shows the number of tourists who visited Busan by cruise ships significantly increased in the first quarter of 2014. 

According to the report, 13 cruise ships came to Busan during this period. This is a slight decrease from the 17 ships that visited Busan during the first quarter of 2013. 

However, an expansion of capacity of cruise ships increased the number of cruise ship passengers from thirteen-...

Indian Film Festival Held at the BCC This Weekend
6 days 3 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Cinema Center will host the Third Annual India Film Festival in Haeundae, running from April 11 through 13. 

The festival will also be hosted by the Embassy of India in Korea and the Indian Cultural Center in Busan, which opened in December 2013. 

The festival began in 2012 to inform Busan about Indian culture in Mumbai, India, which is a sister city to Busan. 

Five Indian movies, which have previously not be released in...

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